Drokpa

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Drokpa

Around 2,500 Drokpas live in three small villages in a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, in the only fertile valley of Ladakh. The Drokpas are completely different– physically, culturally, linguistically and socially – from the Tibeto-Burman inhabitants of most of Ladakh.

“Boast during the day, be humble at night”

For centuries, the Drokpas have been indulging in public kissing and partner swapping without inhibitions. Their cultural exuberance is reflected in exquisite dresses and ornaments. Their main sources of income are products from vegetable gardens.   

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